Iberostar Praia do Forte All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Iberostar Praia do Forte All Inclusive in Mata de Sao Joao, you’ll be by the sea and close to Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park and Praia do Forte Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Project Tamar Turtle Sanctuary and Garcia D’Avila Lighthouse.
Make yourself at home in one of the 536 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants. Thirsty? Quench your thirst at one of the 5 bars/lounges or 2 poolside bars. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include wired Internet access (surcharge), complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Both location and hotel infrastructure are great : pools, beach, acommodation and layout. Nevertheless I expected a truly 5 star all-inclusive experience and it didn´t met my expectations. Minor problems like the ones below should be avoided at this hotel category :
1) We were 2 people in a twin bed room, and it cost us 3 days to get toilette articles for 2 instead of 1
2) We were informed at the check in (NOT at reservation time) that there are a limited # of restaurant dinners -not buffet- included in the stay
3) The wine included at the meals is frankly bad ... and there are no options unless you pay additional for better ones.
My expectation was high when we arrived but everything went down at reception. I told the attendant that I was an enable to use stairs due to a knee surgery and he put us on the second floor of a block (7) that did not have elevator. So it is not an inclusive environment and to be worst stairs without handrails. Second deception, there are 5 restaurants that you need to make reservations at Guest Services.. to have an idea how bad is service.. we waited 20 min to have someone there (I called reception 3 times).
Summary of other bad experiences: 1) it is All Inclusive Resort but they don’t replinish shampoo and hair conditioner and per receptionist this is only for another level of reservation (more absurd because the shampoo and conditioner were terrible), 2) food of Pelo restaurant are not good (meat was like a rock to cut) and they don’t replinish often.. always something was missing, 3) forget good wi-fi.. it was so bad that our tv was not working since we arrived (we complained and we are at 4th day without have it fixed), 4) beach has lots of a kind of Jellyfish, my daughter got burned by one of them and do not want to go to the beach again. So, we have more 6 days here and this is gonna be our last time on this old fashion “resort”.
My wife and I needed a perfect break - and we got just that (though I'm paying for it until today and will for a few months still).
I can't really compare this all-inclusive resort to some that so intensely praised in places like Cancun and the Caribbean. It may be less astounding than those are. I can say that the nature around the Iberostar is not what I actually consider the most spectacular, like I do the beaches further south in Brazil, nestled in-between the mountains. But the feeling of walking on a hot, almost deserted beach for several kilometers, especially going north, is special under any circumstance and is an awesome getaway from urban life far from the beach.
The room selection made for us - I reserved a junior suite, if I'm not mistaken - was perfect. The acoustic isolation of room 6035 and its central location were just perfect. We faced the quieter pools, but I think the rooms are so well made that at almost any room I think one can't really hear the noises from outside. That is so essential to us! Absolutely nothing can be said negative about the room - and how not to praise the maids who always left an "animal sculpture" made from towels after cleaning the room?
We actually did a lot of "dolce far niente" (ironic, isn't it) and that gets tiring - so much so that we didn't participate in any organized activities - especially not after 10 pm (which is our common bed time, which we maintained during our 4 days there - which was a sufficiently-long stay). But we noticed that people who wanted to, had plenty to do all day long.
The food is good overall - some of it great. We had most meals at the central all-you-can eat restaurant and sometimes at one that served more snack-like food near the pools. Of the 3 a la carte meals (but which at 2 places were actually also buffets in part), we'd recommend Gourmet (continental) and Odoyá (Bahian food). The oriental food at Mai Tai was below expectations, but still pretty good.
The waiter service was a bit uneven, but nothing to really mar our stay.
A personal pet peeve, though: at the main restaurant there was no whipped cream for tasty pancakes and other sweets which are always best topped off by that creamy richness. However, there was one awful item: the coffee at breakfast served by waiters - it tasted burnt the 2 times I tried (and basically spit it out). It's better to drink the one from the Tres Coracoes machine.
I often enjoyed, especially while my wife was taking a nap (I don't usually nap) the espresso and sweet snacks at the Starcafé. Very nice service there.
There are several pools, though none out of this world beautiful and they were almost too hot at the end of the day.
Last, but not least, the lobby bar, which opens early, was definitely one of our favorite places - being higher up, it got some breeze.
I almost forgot, though the hotel offers a shuttle service, this is way too expensive. We ended up getting us a driver to take us to the hotel and pick us up again at "Uber" prices - actually a little less. At the time of our trip we negotiated R$ 300 for round trip. No point in having a car while at the hotel - especially since we chose not to visit the nearby places, like Praia do Forte, which we already knew. We did that after our Iberostar stay, as we spent a few more days in Salvador afterwards.